Ready-To-Learn Grant for STEM Grades 4-12
(Items listed in order of priority)
purchases of instructional materials to support the STEM special course at the
5th grade level along with any changes to the FOSS kits in grades 5/6 and the
changes to the curriculum in 7th/8th. A more specific list of these
instructional materials will be developed in collaboration with the teachers
before the end of FY 2015. I anticipate these expenses will be close to
support of the summer STEM program--additional materials, robotics equipment,
engineering equipment, etc. that can increase the rigor and interest level of
the summer STEM students and also be available to the high school PLTW and
T&EE classes as needed.
supplies to support the 3D printing at the secondary level.
microscopes to support the life science and biology programs.
PLTW materials for the secondary level, particularly for the Design and
Modeling Engineering course at the middle school level.
Certification Practice Test 5-seat licenses and certification prep booklets for
students in the BCIT program.
physics equipment, especially what is needed to support computer assisted
instruction and lab activities--sensory devices enabling observations to be
sent to computer programs for use in data analysis, graphing, etc.
lab equipment to adequately equip the high and middle school science lab
stations; much of what currently exists is relatively old and outdated.
remaining--Professional Development (Items listed in order of priority)
science and 3 middle school science teachers to NSTA conference in Philadelphia--approximately
presenter(s)/coaches for middle school science teachers. One possibility from
St. Joseph’s University (Joseph Cifelli)--approximately $5000.
for 5th grade science teachers as needed to implement the FOSS kits potentially
in rooms without windows and/or running water—some may be new to science at
this level and will need support in science instruction strategies—A FOSS kit
Singapore Math coaching and middle school math support as needed for grades
4/5--approximately $5000. Davidson Group is providing workshops in August
(Philadelphia): http://teacherbilldavidson.com/workshops/ Staff Development for Educators is also
time for secondary science teachers to learn how to most effectively use our
more sophisticated lab equipment (spectrophotometer, thermocycler for DNA
analysis, data gathering probes (how to use probes to collect data during labs).
Learning science program—additional PD to support current 9th grade program.
PD for teachers--Possibly the National Aerospace Training and Research center
in Southampton (NASTAR) with 10 different teacher workshops available.
remaining--Supplies and Materials (Items listed in order of priority)
Various supplies, resources, staff compensations,
transportation, etc. to support:
transition of 5th grade and the STEM special class at the middle school level.
2. The overall
increased spiraling nature of the middle school science program—curriculum
3. The high
school science club; Tower of Power at Sandburg.
4. K'Nex and
computer fair competitions; robotics club/competitions; STEM girls trip to
5. A new middle
school STEM program/activity at Sandburg—Family Tools and Technology and any
other new extra- and/or co-curricular STEM activities.
fairs at the elementary school level.
7. BCIT clubs
at the middle school level.
8. The high
school envirothon club/competition.
9. Any newly
created or existing math clubs/competitions (would like to promote more of
these). Examples: Math competition (Pi Day) at Holy Ghost Prep and 24 Challenge
Competition at BCCC
10. AE supplies
to support their activities/competitions mostly at the middle school
11. A water
distillation apparatus for the high school; mostly for chemistry and
environmental science lab activities.
We can also pursue financial and materials/resources
donations from parent/community members and regional businesses.